All you need to know about the syllabus changes from June 2024 onwards
Cambridge Assessment International Education have updated this syllabus to make it clearer and more accessible for both teachers and learners and to make sure that it reflects current educational thinking.
What are the main changes to the syllabus?
- removed tiering (research suggests that in language qualifications students should access the full grade set to achieve their best possible outcome)
- made the Listening paper 100% multiple-choice in response to feedback from teachers
- simplified and improved the accessibility of the teacher/examiner notes in the speaking component
- removed the summary task from the Reading and Writing paper and replaced it with a new multiple-choice question in response to feedback from teachers who told us that some students struggle with the summary task.
What are the main changes to the assessment?
- With the removal of tiering, there are now three components which are accessible to all candidates: Paper 1 Reading and Writing, Paper 2 Listening and Component 3 Speaking Test
- Cambridge Assessment International Education has made changes to the duration and number of marks available on the Listening paper and Speaking test
- The assessed part of the Speaking test has been split into three smaller parts to make it clearer to teachers/examiners and students what is expected from them. Teachers/examiners can now make notes in the test
- To reduce the burden on teachers/examiners and to allow them to focus on assessing the candidate, all the questions on the speaking assessment card have been listed
- Cambridge Assessment International Education has updated the mark schemes for all components.
When do these changes take place?
The updated syllabus is for examination from June 2024 onwards. Examinations are available in June and November.